Indian Cricket Team in 1933 to 1934
The team first got importance in the international arena during theMCC tour of India, 1933-34. That was the tour when the Indian team played with a foreign team for the first time. India's tour in England, 1936, was the first ever overseas tour for India and the team made some good impacts on the English cricket fans. The team also brought considerable amount of glory for their country from that tour. After that, neither the Indian cricket team went for any overseas tour nor did any foreign team come for a tour in India for a long period.
Indian Cricket Team in 1946
The Indian cricket during Independence faced a lot of obstacles and the cricket administrators were forced to concentrate only on the domestic cricket at that period.India's tour of England, 1946, was the tour that restarted India's journey in the international arena and they went to Australia for the first time within a few years. However, India's first tour of Australia, 1947-48 could not bring much glory for India, as the team lost the Test series by 0-4. However, the Indian team started to get importance from the other cricket playing nations of the world after that series and the cricketing giant; West Indies decided to come for its first tour to India, very shortly. West Indies' first tour of India, 1948-49, is best remembered for some superb batting displays by two Indian legendary batsmen like Vijay Hazare and Phadkar. Till then, the Indian cricket team was considered as such a team that don't have that much of capability as a team, but that have some wonderful players to talk about.
Indian Cricket Team in 1950
However, the scenario changed during the 1950s as the Indian team started to win Test matches against the established teams.India's first Test win, 1952, came against the traditional cricket playing nation, England on its home soil at Chepauk, when England came for a tour in India. The great players like, Vinoo Mankad, Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigar contributed most for India's win in the Test match and the win really helped India a lot to uplift its status as a Test playing nation.After winning a Test for the first time, India went for another tour in England in the same year. India's tour of England, 1952, brought a lot of humiliation for the Indian cricket team, as the team lost 4 wickets without scoring a single run, in the first Test of the tour. However, the tour is also remembered for Mankad and Hazare's heroic innings at the Lord's during the second Test. Though the team passed a tough series in England, it got its first Test series win in the same year of 1952, as well. India's first Test series win, 1952, came against its arch rivals Pakistan.
Indian National Cricket Team in 1952
Indian National Cricket Team demolished England by an innings and 8 runs with Vinoo Mankad picking up 12 wickets. The historic result meant that India drew the 5-match series 1-1. It was Indias first victory after independence in Test Match.
Indian Cricket Team in 1960
The decade of 1960s saw more improvement in the performances of the Indian cricket team, as it became successful to win a Test series overseas for the first time in its history, during this decade. The Indian cricket during 1960s also saw some miserable performances from the team, as it was crushed 0-5 in a Test series against West Indies during this decade. The successes in the decade include beating England in a Test series for the first time and India's memorable overseas Test series win, 1968, against New Zealand. However, India's torment tour of West Indies, 1962, did give the Indians the taste of failure in the decade. With the exciting series against West Indies in India, 1975, the Indian team started the decade of 1970s in a great manner. Then came India's world record run chasing, 1976, when India successfully chased a huge target of 403 runs, against West Indies. India's first tour of Pakistan, 1978, brought the two neighbouring countries near, though India lost the Test series by 0-2. The world record run chasing was almost broken in India's tour of England, 1979, when India got closer to achieve a target of 438 runs, against England.
Indian National Cricket Team in 1971
The year of Bangladesh Liberation War and the Year of India- Pakistan political dispute-1971 was indeed a landmark year for Indian cricket. Just a few months after winning their first-ever away Test match during a tour of the Caribbean, Indian National Cricket Team travelled to England and registered their first-ever series win on foreign soil. Spinner BS Chandrashekhar picked up 8 wickets at The Oval to set up a famous win in England. That result helped India win the 3-match series 1-0.
Indian Cricket Team in 1980
The 1980s started with India's tour of Australia, 1981, and the tour is best remembered for Kapil Dev's extraordinary all-round performance that helped India clinch a 59 runs victory against Australia. Then came the historical Prudential Cup, 1983, where India made history by becoming the king of all cricket-playing nations. India continued its dream run, after winning the Prudential Cup and it also won the Benson and Hedges Cup in Australia, 1985. India's historical win over Pakistan, 1985, proved that the Indian cricket team's winning the World Cup was not a fluke. India's memorable tour of England, 1986, increased the team's glory further and the India-England historical tie-Test, 1986, was also a part of that tour.
World Championship of Cricket in 1985
World Championship of Cricket was held in Australia to commemorate 150 years of European settlement in Victoria. India went in as reigning world champions but no one expected them to take down the mighty West Indies again. But to everybody's surprise, India won every single match, including the final where they beat Pakistan.
Indian Cricket Team in 1996
In the 1990s, the Indian cricket team went a step further and it organised the World Cup tournament, for the second time in its history. India and World Cup cricket, 1996, is inseparable, as the country along with the other sub-continental countries changed the way of organising World Cup, forever in the event.
Coca Cola Cup 1998, Sarjah
Sachin Tendulkar beat the Aussie to pulp, smashing 143 to help India qualify for the Coca Cola Cup final. And just to prove that it was no fluke, he scored 134 two days later as India beat Australia in the final. That series is fondly remembered for Sachin's 'Desert Storm'.
Indian Cricket Team in 2000s
The new millennium started with the memorable India-Australia Test Cricket series, 2001, where India made history by winning a Test match, after being forced to follow-on in the second innings. To talk about the Indian Cricket in New Millennium one should mention the team's wonderful performances in the Natwest series in England and also in the World Cup, 2003. Then came, India's tour of Australia, 2003-04, where India once again proved themselves against the World Champion team. India's first Test series win in Pakistan, 2004 brought a lot of glory for the Indian cricket enthusiasts, as India achieved the feat for the first time. India's tour of Pakistan, 2006, proved the team's excellence in the one-day matches and the team also brought a lot of glory for their countrymen from the tour.
India vs Australia, Eden Garden Stadium, Kolkata 2001
Having beaten India in the first Test in Mumbai in just 4 days, Australia had posted a 445 in the first innings in Eden Garden, Kolkata. Things got worse for India who were all out for 171 and asked to follow on. That is when VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) put on a 376-run stand which turned the match on its head. India won on the final day thanks to Harbhajan Singh's heroics and then went on to win the series 3-1.
Natwest Trophy Final, 2002
India had made it to the final of the tri-series and was up against England, who had posted a huge total of 326. India was reeling at 146/5 when two hitherto unknown youngsters - Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif - led India to victory in the final over. Here no Indian will ever forget a bare-chested Sourav Ganguly twirling his shirt from the Lord's balcony.
India vs Pakistan World Cup, 2003
20 years after Kapil Dev had led India to World Cup glory, Sourav Ganguly almost repeated the feat. But he failed at the final hurdle, losing to the mighty Australians. But India will always have the match against Pakistan to fall back to. Until then, India had never chased over 222 in a World Cup match. However, Sachin Tendulkar scored a scintillating 98 as he thrashed the likes of Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar. India chased down 274 with majestic ease and sailed through to the super sixes.
2007 ICC World Twenty20
India Cricket Team went into the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 World Cup having played just one Twenty20 match before. The inexperienced team under a new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni travelled to South Africa.Having being knocked out of the 2007 ICC World Cup a few months earlier in the group stages, not much was expected of India, but the world was in for a surprise. Indian Cricket team met Pakistan Cricket Team in finals and won in the final over by the narrowest margin of just five runs as they found Joginder Sharma. The win of 2007 ICC World Twenty20 laid the foundation of the commencement of the Indian Premier League.
Indian Cricket Team in 2011
Indian Cricket Team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to win 2011 World Cup. India in the tournament triumphed through the group stages and met Australia Cricket team in the quarterfinals whom they defeated by 5 wickets. This set up a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Team in the semi-final.
Champions Trophy, 2013
India overcame hosts England in the final by 5 runs to finally get their hands on the trophy that should have rightfully been theirs in 2002.
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